An artist's rendering of the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge Project in downtown Cleveland.
An artist's rendering of the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge Project in downtown Cleveland.

Sherwin-Williams was chosen by Atlantic Painting of Oak Lawn, Ill., to supply high-performance protective coatings for the Ohio Department of Transportation’s I-90 Innerbelt Bridge project. Coating work is now under way on the 1.8 million square feet of steel that comprise the westbound span over the Cuyahoga River.

Reconstruction of the bridge, which opened to traffic in 1959 and is the main east-west artery into and through downtown Cleveland, is the largest project in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s history. The new bridge, which is north of the existing span, will be 4,247 feet long and stand 120 feet over the Cuyahoga River Valley at its highest point.

"As a company headquartered for nearly 150 years in Cleveland, it is gratifying to be an asset protection partner on an infrastructure project that is such a vital link to the city from points near and far," said Dee McNeill, regional market director, bridge & highway, Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.

To give the bridge a high-gloss finish and protect the structure from the harsh Cleveland elements, Sherwin-Williams will supply Macropoxy 646, an epoxy intermediate coating, and HP DOT Acrylic Polyurethane, a high-gloss top coat in off-white, for the project. Sherwin-Williams is also providing Zinc Clad IV organic epoxy that will be used by Atlantic’s field painters to touch up the shop-primed steel sections and splice plates. “These products will achieve all of those requirements," McNeill stated.

More than 26,000 gallons of coatings will be used for the project.

For more information on the project, please visit Sherwin-Williams' website.